|1995 PressKit For Frisell/Driscoll/Baron's Live|
|Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll, and Joey Baron have been playing together as a band or as a core trio in other Frisell bands for almost ten years. Starting in 1986 as a quartet with cellist Hank Roberts, they continued performing as a trio since 1990 and have toured around the world ever since, sometimes expanded to a quartet or sextet. The trio's new Gramavision release, LIVE, recorded at a creative peak during their 1991 tour in Seville, Spain, is the first album that displays their brilliance in a concert performance.
Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motion, John Zorn, Marc Johnson (in Bass Desires), Roland Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in Power Tools), Marrianne Faithful, Hal Willner, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Don Byron, The Frankfurt Ballet, David Sanborn, David Sylvain, Allen Ginsberg, Ginger Baker, Elvis Costello and numerious others. This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. In recent years, however, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, but raised in Denver, Colorado, Bill Frisell Played clarinet throughout his childhood. He later took up guitar after being exposed to pop, surf, soul and Chicago Blues. After developing an interest in Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix, Frisell pursued guitar studies at the University of Northern Colorado and Berklee School of Music in Boston. After a brief residence in Belgium, where he concentrated on writing, Frisell moved to New York City, where he formed the Bill Frisell Band and begain a successful recording career. During this period, he recorded three influentail recordings for ECM, among them LOOKOUT FOR HOPE, his first recording with Driscoll and Baron (and Cellist Hank Roberts), and RAMBLER, featuring Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motion, Jerome Harris, and Bob Stewart. Frisell's recordings for Nonesuch present his band in a variety of contexts. BEFORE WE WERE BORN featured his original quartet along with guests Arto Lindsey, John Zorn and a horn section of Julius Hemphill, Billy Drewes, and Doug Wieselman. This was followed by IS THAT YOU?, a highly personal statement for Frisell, who played guitars, bass, ukulele, banjo and clarinet on nine original compositions and two cover tunes. WHERE IN THE WORLD?, the final recording with Hank Roberts, proved the effectiveness of the underlying chemistry within the band. For HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, the trio was joined by Don Byron (clarinet) and Guy Klucevsek (accordion). Here, Frisell interpreted the music of American composers including Charles Ives, Aaron Copeland, Madoona, Sonny Rollins. This is followed by THIS LAND, which featured a sextet that comprised Don Byron, Curtis Fowlkes and Billy Drewes, along with Driscoll and Baron.
Most recently, Frisell has recorded music for three silent Buster Keaton Films. These works show the affinity between the work of both artists and are performed by his longstanding trio. In addition to his own recording projects, Frisell has recently scored the music for the Italian film, "La Scuola" and for Gary Larson's animated television special, "Tales From the Far Side." In January 1995, Frisell performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group for the world premiere performance of Stephen Mackey's "Deal," a concerto written for guitar. He also took part in the Meltdown Festival in London, where Frisell performed a concert of duets with Elvis Costello and was commissioned for an arrangement of Costello's "Up a Veil of Midnight Blue," which was performed by Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet.
Bassist Kermit Driscoll is from Kearny, Nebraska and has a wide range of musical experience including work with John Zorn, Elliot Sharp, Henry Kaiser, Tim Berne, Buddy Rich, Toots Thielmans, Ned Rothenberg and Wayne Horvitz' The President, among others. He studied at the Berklee School of Music and with Jaco Pastorious. Kermit is currently co-leading New and Used with trumpeter Dave Douglas, saxaphonist Andy Laster, Tom Rainey (drums) and Mark Feldman (violin). He can also be heard on an album of Japanese cartoon music entitled CYNICAL HISTORY HOUR (CBS/Sony)
Drummer Joey Baron was born in Richman, Virginia into a Jewish working class family. Largely self-taught, he learned the drums by watching others play and listening to recordings, radio and television. His first influences were Ed Sullivan show guests, "The Wild Wild West" televison show theme and records by Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Booker T. & the M.G.s, James Brown, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix among others. Besides being a member of the Bill Frisell Band from it's inception, he has performed and recorded with an impressive list of musicians, including Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Hampton Hawes, Chet Baker, Laurie Anderson, Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Jay McShann, David Bowie, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Big Joe Turner, Philip Glass, John Abercrombie, Mel Lewis, Pat Martino, Harry Sweets Edison, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Jim Hall, Randy Brecker, Marian McPartland, John Scofield, The Lounge Lizards, Lou Reed, and many others. He also co-led the group Miniature (with Tim Berne and Hank Roberts) and was a member of Naked City (with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Firth, and Wayne Horvitz). He currently works in John Zorn's group Masada, and leads his own trio, Barondown, which includes Ellery Eskelin, (saxaphone) and Steve Swell (trombone). Barondown has two recordings, RAISED PLEASURE DOT (New World) and TONGUE IN GROOVE (JMT). Joey also performs solo concerts--an excerpt entitled "pause Of The Clock" can be heard on LIVE AT THE KNITTING FACTORY VOL. II (A&M)